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Children in Scotland Survey Findings Written Answer, 10/02/15 [S]

Written answer given in response to Cara Hilton's (Lab) question asking the Scottish Government what its position is on the suggestion in the second survey of Children in Scotland's Parent Participation Project's that disabled children should be asked about their views of the services that support and engage with them.

The Minister for Children and Young People, Fiona McLeod replied, the Children and Young People’s (Scotland) Act 2014 puts into Scottish law the requirement under the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) to seek the views of children in services planning. The Children's Rights and Services Planning Working Group, which includes members from local authorities, NHS boards and the third sector, has a remit to oversee and advise on the national support for the implementation of Part 1 (sections 2 and 3) public authorities duties to report on the UNCRC, and Part 3, children’s services planning duties on behalf of Scottish Ministers. This includes the development of statutory guidance and regulations, and ensuring that appropriate and effective participation and engagement takes place in the preparation for the new duties.

The remit will also include how statutory guidance will reflect the need for children’s services plans to provide for children’s services both universal and targeted (including for disabled children), as well as reflecting Part 3 requirements to provide services in a local area which support wellbeing, prevention and early intervention, are integrated and make the best use of resources.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 10 February 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 10 February 2015